The Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi announced on Sunday that Abu Dhabi’s toll gates will begin operating a fee system from 2nd January. Since October 2019, the toll system has been free during what has been a trial period.
Motorists will only be charged for using the bridges at peak hours. That’s from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm from Saturday to Thursday. Charges will not apply on Fridays. Fees will be linked to the license plate of the vehicle and deducted automatically from the account of the driver.
.@AbuDhabiDMT announces that Abu Dhabi Toll Gate System will start operating on 4 bridges from 2 Jan 2020, with fees to be levied only during peak hours, 7:00-9:00 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM Saturday to Thursday. pic.twitter.com/nMSqFxOTK5
The official announcement advised that discounts will apply to drivers who own multiple vehicles, with monthly payments capped at Dh200 for the first vehicle, at D150 for the second and a third vehicle or more being capped at Dh100.
Toll gates expected to reduce congestion
When talking about the benefits of the system, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in Abu Dhabi said,
“Abu Dhabi Toll Gate System will reduce congestion and encourage the use of alternative transport. The public transport network has been expanded by adding 200 daily trips and purchasing 327 new buses.”
Toll Gate fees of AED 4 per crossing, capped at AED 16 per day and AED 200 per month for private vehicles. System will help reduce congestion, with 327 additional buses purchased and almost 200 bus journeys in and out of the city added.
On its Twitter page, the Abu Dhabi Government Media office said that exemptions would apply to a number of categories including People of Determination, limited-income Emiratis, Emirati retirees, licensed Abu Dhabi taxis, towed vehicles, public buses and school buses.
Senior Emiratis (age 60+), People of Determination, limited-income Emiratis and Emirati retirees to be exempt, along with taxis licensed in Abu Dhabi, towed vehicles, public buses and school buses to be exempt.
The ITC has created free accounts for all Abu Dhabi-registered vehicles. Owners of Abu Dhabi registered vehicles should have received an SMS with account details and a request to activate the account. For queries about missing SMS messages, drivers are advised to contact ITC’s Call Centre on 80088888.
For vehicles that are not registered in Abu Dhabi, drivers can register for toll charges here. Drivers who fail to sign up within 10 days of passing a toll gate will face fines which according to news reports, will be Dh100 for the first day after the grace period, Dh200 for the second and Dh400 for the third, up to a maximum of Dh10,000.